Disney Dooney and Bourke bags have long been the obsession of Disney fans the world over for some time and for good reason. The secrecy behind “when” the bags will be available and “which design” will appear no doubt add to the tension. If 2017 is anything like 2016 we are surely in for a treat. Last year topped the the cake with several new designs. Dooney and Bourke like to match up the hype with a Disney festival or event, so we quickly saw Star Wars, a new Beauty and the Beast bag, and the first-ever holiday collection.
If you’re anxiously waiting, like we are, here’s our yearly timeline to watch.
Dooney and Bourke Disney Bags & Purses Release Timeline
January-February: Early in the year we can usually see a special Dooney and Bourke bag in honor of RunDisney and the Princess Half Marathon in February. This years style is the Runway Princess and, like all DB bags, only available for a limited time or at a giant markup on ebay.
Note: Since 2017 was the first, inaugural year of Epcot International Festival of the Arts we will definitely be watching to see if this new annual event at Walt Disney World becomes Dooney and Bourke bag worthy.
March- May: DisneyStore adds a Springtime bag to the Dooney and Bourke Collection called Geo Floral. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival debuts a new design available in the Disney Parks shops and a few select online retailers at a higher cost. New designs set to arrive in Disney Park stores. Last year we saw Mickey Thru the Years, Romancing Minnie and the new Star Wars line for the Half Marathon this year featuring Darth Vader.
Summer: Last year premiered two new designs- Lovebirds, It’s a Small World. These were unveiled at Disney Springs in Release Party fashion alongside matching magic bands.
2017 Summer Releases
June 2017 saw an update of the much adored and timeline Sketch collection and amidst the hullaballoo around the rebranding of the Redhead role in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, Dooney released a pirates of the Caribbean silhouette version harnessing the feel of wallpapers from the 1800’s.
July offered four collections; The Princess and the Frog Collection along with a new Haunted Mansion collection featuring purple accents and Madame Leota. Something we noticed about this release is that the official release happens in Disney Springs, but the Shop Disney Parks app had these available sooner. We also saw the addition of the white version of the Tinker Bell half marathon looney, released in July. And lastly at D23 we saw a new Jack the Pumpkin King release admits talk of a reboot of Nightmare Before Christmas in the form of a new comic series centered around our beloved ghost dog, Zero.
August: Last year DB released three new designs. Beauty and the Beast in anticipation of the new live-action film. Alice in Wonderland Tea Time, and a Dumbo bag to celebrate the films 75th anniversary.
September-October: Food and Wine Festival design is released. This year we anticipate it will be revealed earlier to accommodate the August 31 start date of Food & Wine.
Food and Wine Festival ( Aug 31- Nov 13) has integrated Figment into its designs, hot on the tail of a possible rebranding of the park.
We’ll also see a new Snow White Disney Princess Dooney embracing all things pretty late September in Disney Parks.
November: Just in time for the holidays DB released 6 new designs. November 2016 included Princess Keys, Disney Cats, Retro Sticker Collage, Disney Villians, and WDW Toile Collections.
Holiday Season: The first ever holiday bag premiered Nov 11, 2016, and since it was so well received we have reason to believe this may happen yearly and may once again happen at Cherry Tree Lane in Market Co-Op at Disney Springs, Orlando, FL.
This years Christmas Dooney 2017 tote is black with the same accents as last year, which leaves one questioning…what will a 2018 bag look like?
All in all Dooney and Bourke released 19+ designs for Disney last year. So while it may seem like the only design ever available is Mickey sketch , the numbers don’t lie!
Disney Dooney and Bourke Release Dates
If you feel like the designs you want are never available, don’t worry, we know the struggle is real. DB Disney bags are limited edition. They are special because they are cut from a single run of fabric/leather and no two are alike. Not to mention, they can pretty much last forever. Our best advice to nurture a Dooney and Bourke Disney Bag obsession is to follow the disney parks blog twitter feed @DisneyParks. You should also have the Shop Disney Parks app, and the DisneyStore app on your phone. Dooney and Bourke does different designs for the Disney Store, so cover all your bases if you’re on the lookout for a certain pattern.
2017 should prove interesting for designs. With the arrival of Pandora: The World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom, and the news of Toy Story themed-land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios we could see themed merchandise to support both of these developments. Disney films that could also influence what’s on the horizon are Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Star Wars:The Last Jedi. For a more comprehensive list of Disney films look here for the 4 year plan.
Whatever the inspiration for the prints, we’re excited to see them and can’t wait for what’s next.
All Dooney and Bourke Bag Photos courtesy of the DisneyStore